Contrary to persistent myth, Hoover was an activist.—Steve Forbes, Forbes, 30 June 2008The high-water mark of such truckling might be the publication of the Cato Institute report "America's Record Trade Deficit: A Symbol of Strength." Freedom had become slavery; persistent deficits had become economic power.—Eric Janszen, Harper's, February 2008The silence started from your end just about the time you said good-bye to dear St. Elizabeth and it has been constant and persistent ever since.—Archibald Macleish, letter, 11 July 1959
We were nagged by a persistent salesman.
He is one of the government's most persistent critics.
She has been persistent in pursuing the job.
He has been fighting a persistent cold.
Flooding has been a persistent problem in the area this year. Persistent rumors that the business is for sale have alarmed the staff.See More
Recent Examples on the WebBig tech giants have laid off tens of thousands of employees over the past few months as recession fears, persistent inflation, and rising interest rates continue to weigh on earnings results.—Will Daniel, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2023 The advance followed a 256,000 gain in November, despite rapid interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve to cool the economy and curb hiring in its fight against persistent inflation -- without landing the economy in a recession.—Arkansas Online, 7 Jan. 2023 Despite a slowing economy, rising interest rates and persistent inflation, Americans have kept on spending, underscored by what is shaping up as a solid holiday shopping season.—Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 25 Dec. 2022 Over 90% of central banks have hiked rates this year, making the (mostly) globally coordinated effort to fight persistent inflation unprecedented, according to LPL Financial.—Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 21 Dec. 2022 Some pet owners feel that the additional price of pet rent, no matter how small, adds to the financial burden of being a renter, especially amid persistent inflation over the last year.—Theara Coleman, The Week, 20 Dec. 2022 Stocks and bonds have headed in opposite directions to start December, a sign that investors’ worries about slowing growth have started to eclipse their fears of persistent inflation.—Matt Grossman, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2022 The latest wave comes amid ongoing Federal Reserve rate hikes to tame persistent inflation, pushing mortgage rates toward their highest levels in two decades.—Dallas News, 1 Dec. 2022 That’s welcome news for a country that’s suffered from dismal reading outcomes for decades and now also contends with persistent COVID-19-wrought learning losses.—Time, 15 Sep. 2022 See More
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Latin persistent-, persistens, present participle of persistere — see persist